I am surprised with the date attributed to this photo, how did an officer have time to sit for a photo when the Civil War had just started? Or was it taken on maneuvers?
With thanks in particular to derangedlemur
, O Mac
, Niall McAuley
, and guliolopez
, it is confirmed that this is Commandant Joe Leonard. A veteran of the Easter Rising, he was a key member of Collins' "Squad"
during the War of Independence, and (as shown here) an officer in the pro-treaty National Army during the Civil War. Leonard was a Dublin-man, and O Mac
proposes that this photo was taken in the capital. While it otherwise has the hallmarks of a studio shot, the partly blanked rubble in the background might suggest that it was taken during a lull at the end of the Battle of Dublin
. It ended on 5 July 1922 - one day after the catalogue date we have for this image.....
Photographer: W. D. Hogan
Collection: Hogan Wilson Collection
Date: 4 July 1922
NLI Ref.: HOG231
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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